01 Jan 2020 - 31 Mar 2020

Clinicians are well placed to identify gaps in knowledge that are relevant to the causes, diagnosis and treatment of disease, and to conduct research that will make a significant impact on patient care.

The National University of Singapore - Master of Clinical Investigation (NUS MCI) Program has been designed to meet the needs of clinicians in healthcare institutions who desire to incorporate scientifically sound research into their clinical practice. 

A) Goal of the program

The goal of the program is to equip clinicians with the basic methodological and practical skills to design and conduct clinical investigations that are relevant to patient care. These include studies aimed at evaluating:

  • new treatments and technologies,
  • diagnostic modalities,
  • mechanisms of human disease,
  • determinants of disease outcomes, and
  • effectiveness of health services.

The course also provides the foundation for those who may wish to pursue advanced clinical research training, including that leading to a PhD degree. 

B) Academic Course Structure

The MCI program is completed in two years, with the option to extend for a third year if more time is required to finish the research component. 

C) Scholarships

To promote clinical and translational research in Singapore, the Ministry of Health will be providing scholarships for outstanding clinicians who are interested in enrolling in the MCI programme.

The scholarship award includes funding for the MCI course fees and a research fund of $5,000. Additionally, scholars may receive a $20,000 pitch-for-fund that is subject to the submission of a satisfactory pilot study proposal during the course. Outstanding scholars may receive an additional $30,000 seed fund.

Recipients of the scholarship are subject to signing a bond to serve the government of Singapore or as directed by the government of Singapore. Bond service will be a period of 2.5 years and will run consecutively to any other bonds currently being served by the scholar. 

D) Eligibility

  • Applicants for the scholarship must be clinicians or health science professionals* employed in local public health institution and are Singaporean citizens or permanent residents at the point of application. Applicants who meet the eligibility criteria will automatically be considered for the scholarship. No separate application for the scholarship is required.
  • For Residents, please ensure that the approval received from the Residency Advisory Committee (RAC), Programme Director (PD) and DIO are enclosed with the applications. The endorsed revised training plans (if applicable) from the PD is required. Residents who are not on the CS track are also required to enclose approval from the Joint Committee on Specialist Training (JCST).
  • Medical / House officers are not eligible to apply for this programme.
  • Health science professionals practicing within the list of professions shown in Table 1 below are eligible to apply for the MCI programme and scholarship, subject to the following criteria:
  1. applicants must have a degree in his/her clinical field;
  2. applicants must have at least three years of relevant working experience in clinical practice; and
  3. applicants must demonstrate abilities to contribute to the healthcare research scene and show potential to become clinical PIs.
Table 1: List of Professions
Dietitian Optometrist Prosthetist/Orthotist 
Biostatistician Epidemiologist Pharmacist Radiation Therapist
Clinical Pharmacologist Nurse Physiotherapist Radiographer
Clinical Psychologist
Occupational Therapist Podiatrist Speech Therapist

E) Application and Other Details

The programme typically opens for applications on 1 January and closes on 31 March for the August intake of the same year. The outcome of the applications is released in May.

Please go to the following NUS MCI webpage for more information on the course and to download the application forms:

Contact Information

For enquiries, please email